29 Dec '15, 2pm

Ford Wants To Develop Its Own Battery Chemistries For Hybrids, Electric Cars, But Why?

John Voelcker 730 views Dec 29, 2015 Follow John Add to circle Lithium-ion battery pack installation in 2012 Ford Focus Electric at Wayne Assembly Plant Enlarge Photo When it announced a range increase for its 2017 Focus Electric earlier this month, Ford executives also revealed an intriguing snippet about the company's battery plans. The company is conducting its own research into fundamental battery chemistries, and could develop its own cells for use in future electrified vehicles. The question then becomes: Why? DON'T MISS: Updated 2017 Ford Focus Electric: 100-Mile Range, DC Fast Charging Other makers of electrified vehicles, including General Motors, VW, and BMW, have outsourced cell development to suppliers, albeit working closely with them. Today's Focus Electric uses LG Chem cells similar to those in the Chevy Volt. The term "electrified" vehicles include not only...

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